Stop Smoking Solihull

Stop Smoking Solihull

Smoking cigarettes or loose tobacco is the biggest cause of premature death and preventable disease in the UK.

The Quit51 Solihull Stop Smoking Service uses proven approaches to help and support smokers who want to stop smoking for good.

Our highly experienced stop smoking practitioners are experts in helping smokers and can also supply effective stop smoking medicines. Our service makes a difference and is friendly - smokers are up to 4 times more likely to stop smoking with us than if they go it alone.

Following assessment there is access to effective, licensed stop smoking medication, either Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or a prescription only medication - the practitioner will talk through all the choices and help create a quit plan tailored to the individual.

Who is the service for?

The service is available for people aged 12+, who have a Solihull GP or Solihull postcode, and want to stop smoking. We provide a 12-week intensive one to one behavioural support programme and access to stop smoking medication. We will support you and provide a tailored support package to suit you.

If you have tried to quit smoking and have had a relapse please don’t lose heart. It isn’t always easy and can take a few attempts.

There are lots of ways to quit smoking, and success comes from finding the way that’s right for you. When you’re finally there, you’ll realise it was worth the effort.

How can I access the service?

You can access the Quit51 service by:

Home visits are routinely offered to all pregnant women, or if they prefer they can attend a clinic. Home visits are also available to others in certain circumstances. Refer yourself as above or speak to your Midwife/Health Professional.

The service is free to everyone (excluding costs of pharmacotherapies where prescription charges apply, if patient is not exempt from prescription charges - we recommend purchasing a 3-month prescription payment card where applicable).

Stop smoking and feel better

NHS advice says that stopping now will benefit your health, your wellbeing and your wealth by helping you to:

  • feel better
  • look better
  • have more money

It is never too late to stop smoking - even if you have been a chain smoker for decades.

How are you?

To find out how well you are and get some recommendations on how to improve your health, take the How Are You quiz.

NHS Smokefree says:

“Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to improve your baby's health, growth and development.”

No matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy it is never too late to stop smoking.

The NHS offers specialist support for pregnant women who are trying to quit smoking. If you are pregnant you can contact Vicky Masters, Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor for Pregnancy, by:

  • phone on 0121 717 4374
  • mobile on 07815 949985

Quit smoking in the community

You can get help to stop smoking in the community.

You+

You can get help to Stop Smoking in the Community at the You+ Shop.

You+ is a Healthy Lifestyle and Wellbeing shop in the centre of Chelmsley Wood where you can get all the support you need to stop smoking as well as advice and information on other health matters that can have an impact on your life.

Trained stop smoking advisors are on hand to provide 1 to 1 and group support and can also give you up to 12 weeks of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

You+ also has many other healthy lifestyle services available such as:

  • weight management support
  • infant feeding and antenatal information
  • sexual health
  • health MOTs
  • health trainers
  • support to deal with stress, depression and anxiety

Pop in if you would like more information on how to access our services, give us a ring on 0800 015 3265 or email youplus@heartofengland.nhs.uk.

Your local library

Your local library is a great place to find what local support is available and to meet the Health Exchange Health Trainers to help you get healthier. You can visit the Health Hubs in:

Solihull Directory

You may also find help in your local area with the Solihull Directory.

Community Advice Hubs

Your local Community Advice Hub could put you in contact with the best support and information to finally stop smoking cigarettes.

You can visit the hubs in:

Be Smokefree

The NHS Smokefree service offers information, advice and support to help you quit smoking now.

When you sign up to the national campaign you decide how you want it to help you, with:

  • the Smokefree app
  • an email direct to your inbox
  • a text direct to your phone

It also offers:

Electronic cigarettes

The NHS Stop Smoking Service also provides help about electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes are also known as:

  • ecigarettes
  • e-cigarettes
  • e-cigs
  • vapouriser or vaporizer

Smoking electronic cigarettes is also known as vaping.

Electronic cigarettes are not regulated like medicines or cigarettes so you cannot be sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain. There are plans to regulate electronic cigarettes from 2016. Until this happens ecigs are only covered by general product safety law.

You can read detailed information about the regulation plans on the NHS website.

Reasons to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is the single best thing that, as a smoker, you can do to improve your health.

As well as starting to feel much better within a few weeks of starting to be a non smoker, you could:

  • reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions
  • have extra money to spend - a 20 cigarette- a- day smoker spends £3,000 a year on cigarettes
  • improve your breathing
  • have fresher breath
  • improve your general fitness with a stronger heart
  • have an improved sense of taste and smell
  • experience less anxiety and stress
  • look better with clearer skin, fewer wrinkles and whiter teeth

Be a non smoker for everyone. Tobacco residue stays in the air and on soft furniture for hours. Smoking can also:

  • be bad for the health of your family
  • affect the health of other people around you
  • damage the health of your unborn baby

Top tips to stop smoking

When you start to give up cigarettes, it is important to develop good habits, such as:

  • remembering there is never just 1 cigarette
  • keeping busy
  • changing your routine
  • avoiding people and situations you associate with smoking
  • saving the money you would have spent on cigarettes and using it to treat yourself
  • reminding yourself of all the things you have to gain from quitting smoking

5 top tips from NHS Smokefree

So, set a quit date and tell your family, friends and carers that you are a non smoker.

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